NASA Spinoff

Methods Reduce Cost, Enhance Quality of Nanotubes

“Our vision is to once again increase our production scale a hundredfold and enjoy another tenfold reduction in cost,” says Arthur. At that point, he says, the company can even further reduce costs by recycling the CO feed gas used in the synthesis process—its most expensive production material.

SWeNT’s NASA SBIR-enabled CoMoCAT process is receiving notice from beyond its customer base. The company received a 2007 “Tibbets Award” for excellence in SBIR achievement, and last year the National Institute of Standards and Technology designated SWeNT’s SG65 single-walled carbon nanotubes as a starting material for developing a carbon nanotube Standard Reference Material. These reference materials are employed by industry, academia, and government as standards for commerce, trade, and research and development.

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